The UK Government’s commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 legislates the need for business and industry to consider their impact on the environment. The carbon sequestration capability of forestry has encouraged investors to look at forestry as an offsetting mechanism. There is an increasing recognition and expectation on forestry to assist in combatting climate change as well as providing important public services such as green spaces for recreation.
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Jael was raised in a family where tree planting was the summer normal, although she never participated. “I haven’t tree planted in the past,” she said. “And I never really thought I could do it. But the question of what if always sat in the back of my head.” Her parents, Rod and Deb Reimer of Rock Reforestation have been active in the tree planting community together since 1986. Rod had 11 years experience before their marriage. So for Jael, the answer for a summer job was under her nose.
Many urban trees live only about 20% of their normal life expectancy because of external issues such as pests and disease, but most stress can be linked back to improper care and installation, Kelly Allsup, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, said.
A recent United States Department of Agriculture paper analyzing tree life expectancy in urban areas found the typical street tree lived between 19 and 28 years. To compare, the ideal life span of a white oak is 600 years, and the average life span of a red maple can be between 75 to 150 years in Midwest wilds.
Our landscape-scale study was based on an area analysis of all age-classes of mountain ash forest that burnt in the 2009 Kilmore and Murrindindi fires. Our study demonstrated conclusively that the Kilmore and Murrindindi fires burnt through forests irrespective of their tenure. It mattered not if the forest was managed for timber harvesting or national park or any other value – all of these areas burnt with the exception of some young post-harvesting regrowth. It is equally obvious that the recent fires in 2019-20 burnt through hundreds of thousands of hectares of national parks, distant and remote from timber harvesting areas.